Growing tensions between two gangs in Fleetwood leads to increased police presence

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Police patrols have been stepped in Fleetwood as tensions grow between two groups of people.


Officers said they will be maintaining a visible presence throughout Fleetwood due to the increased tensions in an announcement today (August 19).

Police confirmed a number of arrests have been made, but residents have been told not be concerned if they see officers patrolling the streets.

“We are out to keep you safe,” a spokesman for Lancashire Police said.

Police patrols have been stepped up in Fleetwood "due to increased tensions between two groups of people".Police patrols have been stepped up in Fleetwood “due to increased tensions between two groups of people”.

The local Neighbourhood team have also been in Chatsworth Avenue this afternoon with the mobile police station.

“Please come and say hello, we are happy to answer any questions you may have,” the spokesman added.

The announcement comes after a handgun was fired at a man walking in Wansbeck Avenue at around 12.35am on Tuesday (August 17).

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Two men were seen making a quick getaway in a dark-coloured vehicle, but their alleged target, a man aged in his 20s, was not injured.

Following an investigation, detectives arrested two men, aged 22 and 28 and a woman aged 24, all from Fleetwood.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information and are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the shooting, or who might have information about the gunmen.

Det Supt Becky Smith, of Blackpool Police, said: “We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw the gun being discharged or a vehicle leaving the area at speed after the incident.

“If you have any information about those involved, or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the Wansbeck Avenue area around the time of the offence, please come forward.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101, quoting log number 0031 of August 17.

You can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at


Motorcyclist has ‘unknown liquid’ thrown in face during attempted robbery in Blackpool

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A motorcyclist suffered “skin irritation” after an “unknown liquid” was thrown in his face during an attempted robbery in Blackpool.


The victim, a 52-year-old man, was riding along Talbot Road when he was hit by an “unknown liquid substance” at around 2.35pm on Sunday, July 25.

When he got off his motorcycle in Abingdon Street, a man threw liquid at him a second time before demanding he step away from the bike.

The offender then fled the scene empty-handed.

Detectives said the substance was “potentially a type of acid” and the victim “suffered irritation to his face”.

Officers have now released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

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PC Mike Schouteten, from Blackpool Police, said: “I must stress that we have not been able to recover the bottle that contained the liquid so can’t say for sure what it was.

Do you recognise this man? Police want to speak to him following an attempted robbery in Blackpool. (Credit: Lancashire Police)Do you recognise this man? Police want to speak to him following an attempted robbery in Blackpool. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

“That said, we do know that the victim suffered some skin irritation to his face and was lucky not to have had his motorcycle taken.

“If you think you know who the man in the picture is, or you know anything about this incident, please get in touch.”

A 29-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman from Blackpool were arrested shortly after the incident on suspicion of robbery but were bailed pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information has been asked to call 101 or email, quoting incident reference number 1044 of July 25.

You can also report it online at the Lancashire Police website by clicking HERE.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at

Concern for missing Blackpool man with tribal tattoos

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A search is under way for a missing man in Blackpool.

William Cox, 34, has been reported missing from home in Blackpool and was last seen at 6.10pm on Tuesday (August 17). Pic: Lancashire Police

William Cox, 34, has been reported missing from home in Blackpool and was last seen at 6.10pm on Tuesday (August 17). Pic: Lancashire Police

Police say they are becoming “increasingly concerned” about the welfare of William Cox, 34, who was last seen in the Blackpool area at 6.10pm yesterday (August 17).

William is described as 5ft 8ins, with dark hair (short back and sides) and a medium build.

He has tribal tattoos on both shoulders and was last seen wearing black work pants and a plain black short sleeved t-shirt.

A police spokesman said: “We are now concerned for his welfare and are appealing for your help to find William.

“If you have seen him or have any information, please call us on 101 quoting log reference LC-20210817-1343. Please share this post and thank you for your help.”


Residents step up calls for action at dangerous Blackpool junction

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Renewed calls have been made to improve safety at a Blackpool  traffic junction where a motorcyclist was injured last Friday.


Residents warned in May the construction of a new fence had created a blind spot for motorists emerging from Division Lane into Common Edge Road in Marton.

Safety fears at blind spot on busy Blackpool road junction

A motorbike and a car were involved in a collision at the junction at 1.50pm last Friday, with the motorcyclist suffering leg injuries.

Coun Graham Baker has been backing the campaign for actionCoun Graham Baker has been backing the campaign for action

The incident also caused congestion as Queensway, one of the main links between Blackpool and St Annes, was closed to enable paramedics and police to attend the emergency.

Although the exact cause of the accident has not been revealed, the incident has prompted renewed calls for action.

Stanley ward councillor Graham Baker, who has been campaigning on behalf of residents, said Blackpool Council has now agreed to buy land from the householder so the fence could be relocated in order to improve visibility.

He said: “I am devastated there has been an accident there when it could have been avoided if the work had been agreed sooner.

“But my understanding is all parties are in agreement, a contract has been agreed and the work is due to start soon.”

Division Lane resident Harvey Pomfret was among those who had warned in May about the potential for a serious accident at the junction.

He said the concealed junction was “on a bend, on an incline, with no vision”.

The junction lies on the border between Blackpool Council and Lancashire County Council (LCC).

A spokesperson for LCC said: “We were very sorry to hear of the recent incident and wish the motorcyclist who was injured well with their recovery.

“We have been in regular communication with Blackpool Council about the work to improve sightlines at the junction and fully support their plans to relocate the fence as soon as they have acquired the land needed for this to take place.

“Further highway improvements in this area are being planned to improve access to the Enterprise Zone, however this is an entirely separate project whose delivery is not linked to the work to improve visibility at the junction.”


MP’s anger over closure of Blackpool driving theory test centre

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A Blackpool MP has demanded answers after the closure of one of the town’s driving test centres was announced.


Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard has written to the authorities to demand that the theory test centre at the Blackpool Technology Park in Bispham be retained.

When it closes early next month along with five others including the Southport centre, learner drivers will face a 34 mile round trip to the nearest theory centre in Preston.

The DVSA recently announced changed to the network of test centres across the country including the closure of the Blackpool facility in Hawking Place.

Fylde coast learners will face a trip to Preston to do their theory testsFylde coast learners will face a trip to Preston to do their theory tests

It said the total number of centres in England will increase from 180 to 202, which it claimed would make it “easier” for learners to get on the roads, particularly as there was a back-log left over from Covid lockdowns. But Lancashire has lost out in the shake-up making it it more difficult for potential drivers.

Mr Maynard has asked the DVSA to justify its decision and made clear to the chief executive the importance of retaining a centre in Blackpool as its closure will have a significant impact on local learners.

Paul said: “Learner drivers face a challenging times, with backlogs for those wishing to take their practical test.

“I have previously expressed my frustration to the DVSA over the delays facing learner drivers, many of whom need to pass their test to be able to work, attend training or college or support their families

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul MaynardBlackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard

“I remain of the view that not enough is being done to ensure tests are available to all who need them.

“The news about the theory test centre is a further blow for local people.”

Following the announcement Paul wrote to Loveday Ryder, chief executive of the DVSA to make clear the closure was not appropriate. He is angry her response has not answered key questions about the decision.

He said: “The DVSA has explained to me its restructuring plans.

“What it has not done is justified the closure of the Blackpool test centre.

“It is not acceptable to ask learner drivers to travel to Preston, at their own expense. The DVSA’s justification to me that candidates could take the train does not take into account the journey many will need to take to reach a station. To drive to Preston, for any learner, would require the assistance of a family member or friend.”

“When the number of test centres is being increased it seems inexplicable to me that Blackpool’s own theory centre should be shutting.”

Paul now intends to challenge Ministers on the closure of the centre which will impact hundreds of candidates as well as driving instructors.

He said: “Learners have faced months and months of disruption and now face further obstacles before they are even able to take their practical test.

“This is not good enough and I will be making that clear to the Government.”